Tyler Perry Says He’s ‘Beyond Interested’ In Buying BET: ‘It’s Not A Rumor’
There is no stopping Tyler Perry in his quest to purchase BET!
During a recent interview with ET’s Nischelle Turner, Tyler Perry revealed that there’s truth to the rumors about him aiming to buy a majority stake in BET.
Tyler Perry shared,
“Rumor? No, it’s not a rumor. I’ve been there for four years now and had tremendous success. I wasn’t expecting this to happen, so, yes — if that is possible, I’m very, very interested in taking as much of it…If it’s possible, I’m gonna take as much of it as I can.”
Although the filmmaker has some competition, he is pleased to see people of color vying for the network.
“Part of it is – and I’ve read about Byron Allen and Puffy and everybody wanting to bid and so on and so forth, and I think it’s really great. This is what I love about it – when Bob Johnson sold it in 2000, I think it was, there wasn’t one black person who could buy it. So now, to see all of these black people, men and women, who are able to be in a position to buy it? Man, that makes me feel really, really excited.”
According to the actor, he is thrilled at the thought of the network being Black-owned again.
“I think there was sadness when Bob sold it, and I think there’ll be happiness when it’s Black-owned again. And even though Shari (Redstone) and what is it? Viacom and Paramount? They’ve done a phenomenal job with it. They didn’t let it fall by the wayside; they didn’t let it go into dust. They nurtured it and took care of it.”
“And to see Shari at this position saying, ‘I think it should be returned to a black owner?’ I figured, ‘OK, see, that’s my kind of person.'”
As for when we can expect this sale to occur, Tyler Perry kept his lips sealed, maintaining that a resolution is near.
“We can very much say that there are conversations. I am beyond interested.”
Tyler Perry currently has a minority stake in the operation and also produces a large portion of the programming available on BET and streaming service BET+, which he helped launch in 2019. Perry’s list of TV shows available on BET and BET+ includes “House of Payne,” “Sisters,” “The Oval,” “Ruthless,” “Zatima” and “Assisted Living.”
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